Thousands of participants have started arriving to attend the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2014, that will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, from 8 – 10 April 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The event has established itself as a platform that will shape investments and partnerships to achieve sustainable growth in the emerging markets around the world.
H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, said, “We welcome the delegates participating in this annual event, which established itself among the best events in the world as it opens the doors wide on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) topics and the prospects for growth and development in emerging markets around the world.” “Emerging markets have become leading contenders attracting foreign investment. These markets are currently attracting increasing investments, particularly in innovative sectors such as information technology and traditional sectors such as education, trade, tourism, real estate and others,” added Al Mansoori.
AIM is held under the theme “Investment Partnerships for Sustainable & Inclusive Growth in Frontier & Emerging Markets”. The event has doubled in size as far as participation is concerned, strengthening the UAE’s position as a destination for multi-economic sectors attracting investments from around the world. Nearly 60 Ministers are taking part in AIM this year, compared with 33 ministers in 2013.
The event is scheduled to launch the first FDI Report for AIM tomorrow (Tuesday, April 8th, 2014), which will carry a special focus on foreign direct investment flows to and from the borders of the emerging markets. This report was developed in collaboration with the Statistical Unit of Financial Times International, to review the opportunities and challenges of investing in these fast-growing key markets. Representatives from more than 120 countries will attend the Annual Investment Meeting. For the first time in the world, emerging economies outperform developed economies in the volume of foreign investments achieving 52% of its share in the world.
Mr. Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, AIM’s Organizing Committee, said, “We have carefully selected series of topic discussions for the 4th AIM focusing on the challenges facing emerging markets in attracting foreign direct investment. We look forward to a successful edition as we have seen today from the delegations great expectations on attracting foreign investment and overcome the challenges facing their economies in this area.”
program (Tuesday 8th April) includes the Launch of AIM Investment Report 2014 under the theme Trends and Implications on Frontier and Emerging Market. The Ministerial Roundtable where His Excellency President, distinguished ministers, business leaders, heads of International Institutions will discuss and share views and lessons learnt as well as present their assessment on how to invest in growth and to find sustainable solutions to further the cause of development in times of political and economic uncertainties.
Al Shezawi said, “AIM 2014 is a leading think tank, providing knowledge from a pool of intellectuals from across the globe.”
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